HOWARD MOSS,

65, the poetry editor of The New Yorker magazine for 40 years, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 16 at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City.

Mr. Moss joined The New Yorker in 1948 as a fiction editor. Two years later he asked Editor Harold Ross if he could edit poetry, and he kept the job until his death. He edited 12 volumes of poems as well as four books of criticism and two plays. One of his volumes, "Selected Poems," published in 1971, won the National Book Award. His latest collection, "New Selected Poems," won the Lenore Marshall-National Prize for Poetry in 1986. In 1986, he also received the Academy of American Poets fellowship for "distinguished poetic achievement."

KEN TRIETSCH,

84, leader of the Hoosier Hot Shots who gained fame with their hokey, happy music on the old "National Barn Dance" radio show of the 1930s, died Sept. 17 at his home in Hollywood after a long illness. The cause of death was not reported.

With clarinet, guitar, washboard, bicycle horns, pie-pan cymbal, bells, bass fiddle and other assorted instruments, the quartet livened the Saturday night airwaves with such tunes as "Sheik of Araby," kicked off by Mr. Trietsch saying to his brother, Paul, who played the washboard, "Are you ready, Hezzie?"